> The Origin of Canopy Tour

Canopy tour originated in the lush rainforest of Costa Rica where adventurous biologist, desperate to study the diversity of animal life that inhabit the upper canopy level of forests, devised a system of cables and platforms that would allow them to explore this previously inaccessible ecosystem. 

It was not long before this developed into a breath-taking eco-tourism activity that not only allowed people to enter and experience the upper realm of a rainforest, but raise awareness of the plight and beauty of the world is endangered indigenous forests. 

The understory is the area between the canopy and the forest floor. The air is still, the humidity is high, the temperature is steady, and the light is less intense than above.  Birds and butterflies make this their domain, and many animals travel between the forest floor and canopy. 

The forest floor is where the insects live and, of course, the animals that eat them. Most but not all plants get their start on the forest floor. It is hot and still, and the light is often dim. In some areas, the forest floor is flooded for part of the year, in others it remains dry. The forest floor maybe fertile but is not often. 

The plants of the rainforests provide a large part of the earth is oxygen supply, breaking down carbon dioxide to do so. Destruction of rainforests could mean increased global climate change and worsening pollution. Destruction of rainforests has already disrupted normal rain patterns in some places, such as sub-Saharan Africa, resulting in drought and famine.

There are plants and animal in the rainforest that produce biologically active chemicals that may hold promise as medicines of the future. Frogs produce chemicals, for example, that help protect their delicate skin from infection – some of these may be our future antibiotics. These are undoubtedly more medicines yet to be discovered in the rainforest. Extinction of species threatens our very existence.   

Tropical rainforests are home to tribal people who reply on their surrounding for food, shelter, and medicines. Today very few forest people live in traditional ways; most have been displaced by outside setters or have been forced to give up their lifestyles by governments. Many traditional villages still exist in Thailand. 

Canopy tours are part of the burgeoning ecotourism industry and are often considered as being environmentally friendly. There are hundreds of zipline tours across five continents to date, but are particularly popular in Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, Brazil, Chile, and New Zealand and other countries with jungles or rainforests. 

Canopy tours often include a jeep or hike tour to the zipline site during which a guide tells you about wildlife and flora. These guided tours often last from one to three hours depending on the tour company. It will often include meals, transport, and other activities such as rafting, mountain climbing, and hiking. 

A canopy tour is an established route through a wooden and often mountainous landscape making primary us of ziplines and aerial bridges between platforms built in trees. Tourists are harnessed to a steel cable without interruption throughout the entire tour for safety. Although canopy tours date back far back into history for their civil use and even scientific they are now used primarily for recreation and fun and have become of the adventure tourism industry.

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